Bristol launches plan to boost incomes of inner-city households
Our City 2030 A vision to transform lives in inner-city Bristol_Babbasa Our City 2030. Qezia Gill
Social enterprise, Babbasa, is working with the Bristol mayor’s office on a plan to boost the incomes of inner-city households over the next decade.
The aim is to help at least one person from each inner-city household earn a median salary of £30,353 by 2030.
An online launch event was held by Bristol City Office bringing together wide-ranging city stakeholders to discuss initial ideas and share insight on how to get more young people into employment and training, as well as making opportunities fairer and more inclusive both now and in the future.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, outlining his commitment to Babbasa’s ‘Our City 2030’ vision through the overarching One City Plan.
Mayor Rees said: “This great collaborative work has Babbasa at the forefront. By using the One City Approach we know we can make a positive difference to all of Bristol’s communities.
“We have the One City Plan in place, and by working with city partners together we can deliver it. These ambitious goals include addressing inequalities and helping all young people in Bristol to reach their full potential by 2030.”
Our City 2020 aims to support young people to acquire meaningful employment, help increase representation and inclusion within the workplace and drive city strategy and momentum for more purposeful cross-sector collaborations.
“This vision aims to create real change across the city, taking individuals and families away from the poverty line.” says Poku Osei, Founder and CEO at Babbasa.
“Our City 2030’ provides Bristol with a unique convening platform for businesses, community partners, education providers, funders, policymakers and young people to directly work together; to increase representation within the workplace, and reduce prejudice and inequality in the city we all love.”
Bristol is ranked the 7th worst out of 348 districts in England and Wales for inequalities experienced by ethnic minorities, according to Babbasa. Over 60% of ethnic minorities in Bristol live in the inner-city areas of economic disadvantage which have only been exacerbated by the adverse impact of the pandemic. This could impact the life chances of young people from low income and ethnic minority inner-city communities for more than a generation.